恋愛操作
作者: 蓮川愛
発売: リブレ出版
発売日: 2007/05/30
Renai Sousa
(Love Control)

Original Work: Hasukawa Ai
Release Date: 2007/05/30
キャスト
山代 啓:成田 剣
奥山 喬:小西克幸
式 浩介:神谷浩史
鷹宮信仁:石川英郎
Cast
Yamashiro Kei: Narita Ken
Okumura Takashi: Konishi Katsuyuki
Shiki Kosuke: Kamiya Hiroshi
Takamiya Shinjin: Ishikawa Hideo

Summary (translation):

The cool handsome interior designer Yamashiro Kei and his client, JIRI’s owner Okumura Takashi. Despite their mutual attraction towards each other, the grown-up games keep carrying on between them.


Comment:

Gorgeous successful businessman x Icy beauty with glasses
Konishi Katsuyuki x Narita Ken – AGAIN!!!😄

I know when the cast was announced for Renai Sousa, a lot of fans were disappointed because they don’t think Narita-san’s low voice will suit the uke role. But don’t get me wrong here. I absolutely love it. I’m not saying he’s the best cast for this drama, but his low sexy voice makes a perfect queen uke. LOL I’m so excited to see Konishi pairs with Narita again after Hamete Yaru (はめてやるっ).

This drama is based on the 1st volume of the manga series by Hasukawa Ai. (I think volume 2 just came out. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. ^o^). The storyline follows the manga pretty closely.

Track 1:

Okumura is the chairman of JIRI Group which owns many restaurants, cafes & bars. He requested Yamashiro to be the interior designer for their new store. When they met the first time, Okumura took great deal of interests in Yamashiro. (Or it’s rather love at first sight? LOL) After the work is done, he invited Yamashiro to a high-end membership club to talk about the new project. Wasting no time, he started to flirt with Yamashiro.

Okumura: It’s such a rare chance; let’s at least have a kiss.
Yamashiro: There’s no reason for me to accept your kiss, so I reject. If you ask again, I’m going to step on your Gatto shoes.
Okumura: If I could kiss you just by that, it would be worth it.

Okumura then asked Yamashiro to redesign the interior of his own home. Yamashiro accepted the job. He felt the pressure from Okumura and was irritated. He decided to take control of the game and make Okumura fall for him. (You go, girl! Oop! I mean queen! XD)

Track2:

Few days later, Yamashiro came to Okumura’s house. After taking pictures of the house, he found Okumura fell asleep like an innocent child. Okumura woke up and realized he fell asleep. Then he started to flirt again.

Okumura: Why don’t you come over and sleep with me?
Yamashiro: Sure. By the way, I will sing a lullaby too, since your face looks like a sleepy child.

Yamashiro was overjoyed by seeing Okumura’s off guard innocent expression. He burst into laugher after he left Okumura’s place.

Narita-san’s laugh is a bit scary here. >.< It reminded me his yakuza laugh. *shivering*

Track3:

Yamashiro wanted to see the different side of Okumura, so he came to Okumura’s store again but missed him. He talked to Okumura’s nephew, also his secretary Shiki and found out Okumura is a very sensitive man and he can’t sleep if there’re people around. While they were talking, Okumura came back. Unlike his usual cool, calm and neat appearance, he was sweating and his hair was messed up. It turned out that Okumura saw Yamashiro from inside the car. He couldn’t turn around at the time, so he got out of the car and run one mile back, just to see him. (Aww…) Yamashiro laughed again. *shivers*

Few days later, Yamashiro came to Okumura’s house and went over the design with Okumura. Okumura praised Yamashiro’s work and suggested having dinner together. Surprisingly, Okumura is not only a successful businessman, he’s also good at cooking. After having the delicious pasta Okumura made, Okumura finally made his move. LOL

Okumura: …when take of your tie, you look like you want to kiss. Look…
Yamashiro: I don’t…
(Okumura kisses Yamashiro)
Yamashiro: I thought Okumura-san’s kissing skill would be better.
Okumura: Huh?
Yamashiro: I shall leave now. Thank you for your kiss and pasta.

Yamashiro was trying to keep cool, but then lost it in the elevator on the way back.

Track 4:

Yamashiro was deeply troubled by the kiss and couldn’t get it out of his mind. He was frustrated over the fact he kept thinking about Okumura and letting it affect his work. The plan was getting Okumura to fall for him, but it seemed that it didn’t go the way he had planned.

One day while he was walking home, he was stopped by Okumura, but saw Okumura is with a woman. Okumura was worried that Yamashiro might catch cold, so he gave him his coat. Okumura couldn’t take Yamashiro home because he had business to take care. Yamashiro asked Okumura if he had business with that woman, Okumura replied “Are you jealous?” Yamashiro denied immediately. (Liar. :P)

Later at night, Okumura called Yamashiro after he’s done with his business. They had their usual game playing conversation.

Track 5:

Few days later at the construction site, Okumura asked Yamashiro why he didn’t want to get close to him, and if he would rather prefer the wild type like Takamiya or other co-worker. Yamashiro said he didn’t want other people have the impression that he got the job because he had relationship with Okumura. Okumura then promised he wouldn’t bother him again until the work is completed.

After the project completed, Yamashiro worked late one night. When he walked out of the office, he saw Okumura was waiting for him in the snow. Okumura bluntly confessed his love for Yamashiro. Yamashiro also expressed his feeling for Okumura, but his pride was so high he couldn’t just say what Okumura wanted him to say.

Okumura: Don’t you want to kiss me? Kei, be honest, say you love me, okay?
Yamashiro: I’m not going to say what you want to me to say.
Okumura:Kei…
Yamashiro: But…I say it only because I want to say it. I love you.
(H scene)
Okumura: Kei, low your waist a little bit.
Yamashiro: Don’t talk…ah…ahh…(His thought in the background: “Just let me take control over this.”)
Okumura: But I can’t hold back anymore.
……
Okumura: …I won’t let you deny it. You belong to me.
Yamashiro: Since when I become yours? I don’t belong to anybody.
Okumura: You’re so cruel.
Yamashiro: However, you belong to me, and I won’t allow you to deny that.

LOL I just couldn’t help laughing here. Kei got to be the most dominating queen uke I’ve ever seen. “I’m a uke but I want to be on the top and I want to dominate.”😄 But his behavior is rather childish though.

Speaking of which, I do prefer Japanese terms “seme/uke” (literally mean “attacker/receiver”), rather than commonly used English terms “tops/bottoms”.

Track 6:

While Okumura and Yamashiro were enjoying their sweet time together, Yamashiro suddenly noticed something has changed. People around him mentioned that he looked gentle and warm when he’s thinking about Okumura. Until one day when he saw his own expression reflected in the window, he was horrified to realize that he might be the only one who’s falling deeply in love.

Yamashiro was so disturbed by his feelings of anxiety and insecurity, he rejected Okumura’s suggestion of going home with him, and then he run away.

Track 7:

Okumura tried to contact Yamashiro through his cell but couldn’t get through. When he finally caught up with him at work, he got rejected again. Okumura wondered why Yamashiro suddenly built a wall between them. He thought maybe Yamashiro didn’t love him as much he loved him.

Okumura’s nephew Shiki wanted to help his uncle, so he asked Yamashiro to meet him. He pointed out that both Okumura and Yamashiro are adults and should have been more truthful to their own feelings. Okumura later showed up and questioned Yamashiro why he has time meet with other people, but not him; and why he’s been avoiding him. They ended up quarreling and nothing was resolved.

Track 8:

Yamashiro missed Okumura terribly. He finally decided to talk to Okumura even if Okumura might despise him. Just when he was about to go to Okumura, Okumura showed up at his door.

Yamashiro told Okumura the reason he didn’t want to see him was because other people had told him he looked sweet and happy when he’s thinking about Okumura. He knew Okumura liked him because he’s unpredictable and cool. And he was scared that Okumura might dislike the way he’s acting in front of him now. Of course Okumura told Yamashiro that he liked everything about him, and he was also scared himself about the fact that he had fallen deeply in love with Yamashiro.

Then there’s the end of the drama, their sweet love love scene. LOL

I had so much fun listening to this drama. Free talk is also interesting. Konishi-san said this wasn’t the first time he worked with Narita-san. In fact, Narita-san was his very first BL pairing partner. *_* In Hamete Yaru, the seme is 10 years older than the uke, but it’s reversed in real life. Konishi-san who played the seme is actually 10 years younger than Narita-san who played the uke. What a surprise.

I like the performance of both seiyuus. Konishi-san is perfect for playing Okumura and it’s exactly what I’d expected of him. Narita-san is also very good. Although his laugh is a bit creepy for me, his low sexy voice suits the cool beauty like Yamashiro very well.

Overall it’s a good release and I wouldn’t mind listening again. ^^